Top 5 Mom Cars I’m loving

There is no such thing as a quintessential mom car. But busy moms need cars with room, the ability to fit a car seat, boot space and of course, fuel economy and value for money.

While safety is of paramount importance in a family car, it’s also important to consider the creature comforts. Women care about the same features as men do. Tech, cargo management, comfort and of course, comfort and handling!

Entry-level SUVs are among the most popular for busy moms, especially falling in the R300-400k range. I spoke to Gumtree’s Head of Autos Nunben Dixon to give us the top five mom cars on the Pre-Owned Market.

2017 Ford Kuga 1.5 Ecoboost Ambiente (A) (Avg. Pre-Owned Price: R300,000)

The improved Ford Kuga launched in 2017 certainly feels more grown-up than its predecessor. Furthermore, it’s more attractive than before, spacious, well-priced and offers good all-round driving comfort. The latest Ecoboost 1.5-litre turbo petrol engines are great too, offering decent performance combined with frugal fuel economy. As a pre-owned entry-level SUV, this “Ambiente” version certainly makes a lot of sense.

2017 Kia Sport 2.0 Ignite (Avg. Pre-Owned Price: R280,000)

The Kia Sportage offers solid family car virtues like practicality and good value that will appeal to many buyers. It’s quite attractive too, while the interior comes kitted with good quality materials and relatively high levels of equipment. In Ignite guise you get a 2-litre 16-valve petrol engine that offers performance that compares well with its main rivals. Therefore buyers looking at an affordable entry levels SUV that is easy to drive and comfortable need to look no further than the Kia Sportage Ignite.

2017 Mazda CX5 2.0 Dynamic (A) (Avg Pre-Owned Price: R330,000)

Although it might not look all that different, its tech, comprehensive list of luxury features and space now positions the latest CX5 at the very sharp end of the mid-size SUV pack. The CX5 is also a great handling SUV, but more importantly, its comfort and refinement at this specific price point is impressive. Combined with a punchy and equally fuel-efficient 2-litre Skyactiv engine it’s easy to see why the CX5 is one of Mazda’s best sellers. It’s an excellent package.

2017 Toyota RAV4 2.0GX (A) (Avg Pre-Owned Price: R300,000)

2015 Toyota RAV4 Cruiser

Although the new Toyota RAV4 recently arrived on the scene, the older version still has plenty to offer. All round the RAV4 delivers a very comfortable and easy to live with driving experience, while it’s practical and spacious too. As we see resale values of these vehicles fall with the introduction of the latest RAV4, they are sure to offer good value for money to buyers in the future.

2017 VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI Trendline (92kW) (Avg Pre-Owned Price: R330,000)

The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan arrived in 2016. Although quite a bit pricier than some of its main rivals, it does deliver a desirable package filled with practicality, technology, and quality. There’s a lot of room inside for a growing family, the cabin is very well built and its now crammed with modern luxury features. On the used market these vehicles do differ quite substantially as there are many different optional extras available. The 1.4TSI is also one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in this category. While it might seem that it’s a little down on power compared to some of its rivals, it still delivers comparable performance.

As with any large purchases, it’s important to be discerning. “Make sure that the car you are purchasing has a full service history and complete the necessary checks ahead of time. When determining your budget, make sure that you factor in all associated costs: maintenance, servicing and insurance,” says Dixon.

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